24 June 1998

NATO - Russia Statement

On the 24 June 1998 Permanent Joint Council Meeting
At Ambassadorial Level

The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level met on Wednesday, 24 June 1998 at NATO Headquarters.

Ambassadors exchanged information and views on the situation in and around Bosnia and Herzegovina. They focused on the continuation of NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR within the framework of the multinational force in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period following the end of SFOR's current mandate in June. With regard to Kosovo, discussion centred on the international community's response to the crisis and the ongoing intense diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution.

The representatives of NATO and Russia were informed about the meeting of military representatives under the auspices of the PJC on 15 June.

Ambassadors exchanged views and information on defence-related economic issues, including defence conversion and retraining of retired military officers.

The next meeting of the Permanent Joint Council at the Ambassadorial level is scheduled for 22 July 1998.

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